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Nova Scotia Port George on the Bay of Fundy. some pictures from the early 1900's . Port George is. Port George is a village on the Bay of Fundy, seven miles north of Middleton, N.S., near where I grew up on a farm at Mosher's Corner.

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port george is
Port George is...
  • Port George is a village on the Bay of Fundy, seven miles north of Middleton, N.S., near where I grew up on a farm at Mosher's Corner.
  • This is a partial history of a place that once was a popular sea port. The articles included on this page are written just as they were during those times.

Port George,Annapolis County

  • It is approximately two miles north east of Cottage Cove on the Fundy Shore of Nova Scotia. The Indian name was "Goolwagopskooch" "Haunt of the Hooded Seal". The English name was given for King George III. The settlement was founded by members of the Gates family prior to 1812.
  • A Methodist meeting house was under construction for about six years, was opened September 17, 1871.A school was built in 1871 and it became a community center in 1964. A new lighthouse was put in operation April 1, 1889.
  • A Postal Way Office was established in 1856.
maggie of the port george general store
  • Margaret Oliver was born at Port George in May 5, 1894.
  • She attended the village school and spent all her life here, except for a short time in the States. She died October 19, 1971
  • Early in life Maggie worked as an assistant mail driver to Bill Mosher, driving a horse to the Middleton Post Office.
  • Later she was given the full time job and is well remembered for her cheery disposition and kindness.


  • At one time Port George had a shipyard and carried on a good volume of trade with Boston and Saint John. More recently its industries were fishing, lumbering and agriculture.
  • Population in 1956 was 84.

Canning Factory

  • It was operated by a man named Pendleton, for several years, and then taken over by Captain Elias Woodworth.
  • He was lost at sea.
  • The factory was purchased by O.A. Isnor and used as a cooper shop where apple and other barrels were made.
  • The building was eventually sold, taken away, and used for a barn.


  • In 1864 a new act was passed providing Free Schools under certain conditions throughout Nova Scotia.
  • Some districts accepted the regulations, which meant the setting up of school districts with trustees, agreeing to set up assessment rates, and to provide acceptable school buildings in order to receive grants of money from the government.
  • February 22, 1865, Melvern Square, Margaretsville, and Nictaux adopted the assessment.
  • February 23, 1865. In Port George opposition was organized and tried to stop the formation of a new school but failed.


  • The school lasted a fortnight, and then was burned to the ground. Seventy children were deprived of classes.
  • The first record of a school is of one that was built on the hill opposite the United Church on land presently owned by Mr. Lockerby.
  • This building burned and the children walked to the Douglas Road School then known as Cropley Road until a new school was built at the Port in 1871.


  • The wharf built in 1825 was not sturdy enough to withstand the strong tides and the fishermen applied to the government for a new pier. This was built in 1839.
  • A few years later a shorter wharf was built just east of the long wharf. This formed a better harbor for the boats.
  • To guide the captains a pole light was erected. In 1889 a real lighthouse was built, at the end of the shorter wharf.
  • The government provided money for a breakwater (wharf) across the entrance of the other two. This was known as the East Pier.
  • In the course of time this breakwater deteriorated to the extent, that it was not much protection, and finally washed away.

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Port George, Nova Scotia

Accommodations in Port George

Nova Scotia, Canada Map & Placename Index